Swimming Teams Wrap Up Tiger Invite

Saturday, Feb. 2

The Missouri men’s and women’s swimming teams finished competition at the Tiger Invitational with a splash on Saturday. The meet was more of a mental tune up for the Tigers, as they are idle up until the Southeastern Conference Championships in late February in College Station, Texas.

The meet started off swimmingly, with many Tigers posting solid days. Sophomores Mack Darragh and Danielle Spradlin kick-started the meet, taking first place in the men’s and women’s 400-meter IM.

Diving into another event, senior Ashley Paterson grabbed first in what could be the last home meet of her college career in the 200-meter freestyle, with a time of 1:50.19. She barely streaked by freshman Anna Patterson, who came in with a time of 1:50.34. The other Tiger to place was another senior, Cassie Cunningham, who took third with a time of 1:50.41.

Looking at the men, sophomore Eegan Groome sailed into first place in the 200-meter freestyle, swimming a 1:38.70, just strokes ahead of fellow sophomore Alex Glogoza and Andrew Phillips.

Sophomore Igor Kozlovskij was king of the pool in the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 54:55.

For the women, Danielle Barbiea continued her dominance this weekend with total control of the 100-meter backstroke race. She recorded a new season best and a NCAA ‘B’ qualifying time.

More NCAA ‘B’ times were posted on the day, with Cunningham qualifying with a time of 1:58.35 in the women’s 200-meter backstroke, while Tierney also qualified with a time of 1:46.03 in the same event. This time, however, puts Tierney in the books as the fifth fastest all-time in Missouri history.

The Tigers are dormant until late February, when they will then travel to College Station, Texas, for the SEC Championships.

-Mary Kate Burgess
23 Sports
Staff Writer